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The First Portuguese Republic

Between Liberalism and Democracy (1910–1926)

Miriam Pereira is emeritus professor of Contemporary History at ISCTE/University Institute of Lisbon). She is the founder of the scientific journal Ler História. In 2016, the Ministry of Science and University Education awarded the Medal of Scientific Merit. Her many publications are detailed on the press website.

In the series
The Sussex Library of the Portuguese-Speaking World: Its History, Politics and Culture

The first Portuguese Republic stood between 1910 and 1926. A characteristic of the Republican period was the strong civil participation, particularly by the urban population. Freedom of press and of association became constitutional rights and incentivized a powerful and very diversified associative movement in which trade unions and friendly societies stood out in the political spectrum as they promoted popular education and culture.

The time-span studied is characterized by Portugal’s colonial expansion in Africa, an important factor in Portugal’s involvement in the Great War. As changes in education, in the concept and structure of family and in the status of women linked with the new politics, so emerged a different relationship between State and Church, new avenues for the development of economic activity, an increased focus on better labour conditions, and emigration to Brazil.

Miriam Halpern Pereira provides a clear overview of the Republic’s many achievements and the internal political and wider international limitations resulting in its downfall. The political, social and cultural causes of the military overthrow of the first Portuguese Republic are analyzed against the backdrop of the concomitant rise of fascist regimes in other European countries in the years preceding the 1929 Depression. The work provides a much needed updated synthesis of the myriad circumstances of the period, and is intended for both the general public and students of modern Europe. In a clear and concise style Between Liberalism and Democracy sheds new light on a controversial epoch of Portuguese history.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-929-6
Hardback Price: £55 / $69.95
Release Date: March 2019
Page Extent / Format: 224 pp. 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


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